Buccaneers make final roster cuts
Josh Johnson (John Raoux/AP)
Josh Johnson (John Raoux/AP)
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Posted Sep 5, 2009


The Buccaneers were forced to make some tough decisions today as they had to inform many of their players that they were no longer with the team. Here is the list of every player that the Bucs said goodbye to today. Some of these names you could see again soon as teams still need to sign players to their practice squad. Check out the entire list of who missed the cut.

WAIVED

OT Anthony Alabi

CB Kyle Arrington

DT Chris Bradwell

C Rob Bruggerman

DE Jarrett Buie

S Steve Cargile

WR Patrick Carter

DT Rashaad Duncan

DE Louis Holmes

RB Kareem Huggins

CB Darrell Hunter

OT James Lee

S Donte Nichols (Injured)

TE Jason Pociask

TE Ryan Purvis

LB Bo Ruud

WR Mario Urrutia

Terminated Vested Veterans – Immediately become free agents

K Matt Bryant

FB Jameel Cook

WR Cortez Hankton

WR Marcus Maxwell

Placed on Injured Reserve

OT Xavier Fulton

Moved to Reserve/Suspended List

S Tanard Jackson

The biggest news may be who is not on that list. The club will for now keep all four quarterbacks, but don’t be surprised to hear trade rumors regarding QB Luke McCown in the weeks to come.

With S Tanard Jackson being placed on the Reserve/Suspended list, this gives the Bucs 52 players and opens the door for one more move in the near future.

The release of K Matt Bryant is not completely unexpected. A right hamstring injury forced Bryant to miss all four preseason games and helped clear the way for 27-year old K Mike Nugent to claim the job as his own.

Nugent had joind the club in the offseason as a free agent. Through the four preseason games, Nugent was 6-6 on extra points and 6-9 on field goals with a long of 51. On kickoffs, Nugent averaged 65.1 yards on 16 kickoffs.

The biggest difference between the two kickers comes on kickoffs. While Bryant struggled to kick the ball past the ten yard line, Nugent seems to reach the end zone with relative ease.

Last season, Bryant had a franchise record 131 points which was good enough for fourth in the league.

FB Jameel Cook’s release was a little surprising, but makes perfect sense due to the outstanding performance by FB BJ Askew .

OT Xavier Fulton was placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a knee injury during the Bucs final preseason game. He is the only player that the Bucs drafted in April who will not be on the opening day roster.


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